JailbreakCon 2014: behind the scene

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2014

As I am trying to write a catchy intro for this post, I can’t help but feel the pressure. I’m feeling the pressure mainly because I wrote a similar piece a couple of years ago when I first attended JailbreakCon. To date, this post is still one of my favorites I have published on iDB. Having set the bar pretty high, this sequel could prove to be like most sequels: uninspired and thrown out there to cash in on a previous success. This is a risk I am willing to take today.

Maybe more importantly, I am feeling the pressure because I don’t want to disappoint readers by writing the same story I wrote a couple years ago. I guess I’m feeling like a musician that is incapable of finding a different sound for his next album, you know, kinda like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sometimes it’s good to keep the same sound. Sometimes it gets repetitive and boring. Hopefully, this time will still feel as refreshingly honest as it did the first time, while still entertaining readers, which really is my ultimate goal.

Yes, my goal is not so much to tell you about all the great workshops and talks I attended at JailbreakCon this year. My goal is to share the other side of the story. The side that no one not attending the event would be able to experience if it wasn’t for the words I’m typing on the keyboard right now. Let’s call it the behind the scene story of JailbreakCon.

So this is me, sharing my story of JailbreakCon 2014. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it… Read More


JailbreakCon 2014 mini talks now live on YouTube

By Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2014

This year’s edition of JailbreakCon saw the introduction of mini talks, short presentations by various actors of the jailbreak community on different topics. Talks were between 5 and 20 minutes and were the occasion for speakers to share some of their knowledge with the audience, without necessarily taking up a whole lot of time.

I was actually one of the mini talk speakers. I actually believe that I went way over the 15 minutes I was allotted. Check inside for all videos of all the mini talks… Read More


JailbreakCon will be live streamed today

By Sébastien Page on Apr 13, 2014

This is day two of JailbreakCon 2014. Yesterday was focused on small workshops and short talks by a variety of speakers, including yours truly. Today, the whole day will be focused on talks by some of the biggest names in the jailbreak community, such as Ryan Petrich, pod2g and Saurik.

If you couldn’t make it to San Francisco, you’ll be happy to learn that today’s event will be livestreamed so you won’t miss one bit of it all… Read More


Amazon said to be launching its set-top box next week

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Following reports from last week that Amazon is planning to launch its long-awaited Apple TV competitor in next month, Amazon has sent out invites for a media event scheduled for April 2nd. The invitations ask that reporters join the company for an ’update’ on its video business.

And according to a new report from Recode, the e-commerce giant is going to use the event to unveil a new set-top box device. Citing sources familiar with Amazon’s plans, the outlet says the device will be capable of streaming media to TV sets, competing directly with Apple and Roku… Read More


Get your JailbreakCon 2014 tickets now

By Sébastien Page on Mar 18, 2014

With only a few more weeks to go before JailbreakCon kicks off, tickets are now available for this one of a kind event that has been gathering everyone from casual jailbreakers to highly skilled hackers for the past 3 years.

Just like the previous years, the event boasts an impressive list of speakers. Not only attendees will be able to attend talks by Saurik, pod2g, Surenix, Ryan Petrich, and many more, but everyone will also get a chance to meet these high profiles in person. As someone who’ve attended JailbreakCon before, I urge you to get your tickets nowRead More


Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5 with heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

Out of all the major manufacturers presenting new products at Mobile World Congress this week, no keynote was more highly anticipated than Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event. The South Korean company is the hottest name in Android right now, and it was expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone.

And it delivered. This afternoon, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 handset to a packed auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. There were no paid TV hosts or Broadway dancers this time around, just Samsung leadership up on stage talking about the smartphone they built for the year 2014 and beyond… Read More


Google I/O Developer Conference slated for June 25-26 this year

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2014

Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai just announced via Google+ that the company’s annual I/O event is scheduled for June 25-26 this year. For those unfamiliar with the conference, it’s a lot like Apple’s yearly WWDC gathering in San Francisco.

The timing is particularly interesting in that Google held I/O in May last year, well before Apple’s WWDC event. It would seem that this time the search giant is hoping to get a glimpse at what Apple has cooked up this year before divulging all of its own secrets…

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Samsung sends out invitations for likely Galaxy S5 event

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2014

Outside of maybe Apple’s next-gen iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is probably one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014. The Galaxy line has gained a reputation for bringing about new and innovative features, and it has built up quite the following.

We were expecting to see the S5 appear sometime in March or April, but it looks like it could land much sooner than that. Samsung just sent out a round of press invitations for Samsung Unpacked 5, a media event to be held in Barcelona on February 24… Read More


T-Mobile CEO teases ‘Uncarrier 4′ event, promises to eliminate a customer pain point

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2013

Get ready US carriers and subscribers, it looks like T-Mobile is about to introduce another game-changer. The company’s outspoken CEO John Legere tweeted out this morning that it’s time for them to ‘eliminate another customer paint point.’

He followed the comment by teasing ‘Uncarrier4,’ which is believed to be an upcoming media event T-Mobile is planning to make some sort of announcement. In the past, the carrier has held ‘Uncarrier’ events to unveil things like its Jump planRead More


iDownloadBlog sponsors JailbreakCon 2014

By Sébastien Page on Dec 15, 2013

I am happy to report that for the third year, iDownloadBlog is an official media sponsor of WWJC, the first (and so far only) major event dedicated to jailbreaking.

Just like the first edition of the event, WWJC 2014 will be held in San Francisco. If the location of the event is a sure thing, the date is still pending, but we’re being told it could happen around April or May.

The date options are actually interesting… Read More


Everything you need to know about today’s iPad event

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Well, that’s all folks. Apple’s highly anticipated iPad event has come, and gone. All announcements have been made, all software has been released, and we now know what the future of the popular tablet line looks like.

A lot has transpired over the past 10 hours or so, and we understand that it might have been a bit difficult to keep track of it all. So we’ve put together this awesome roundup of everything important that happened today… Read More


Apple introduces updated iLife and iWork apps

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

As expected, Apple has announced updates to apps in its popular iLife and iWork suites today. Both iOS and Mac versions of the software have been revamped, adding new features, performance improvements and fresh new designs.

iMovie, for example, has been completely redesigned for iOS with a focus on editing and sharing. The Mac version has received some UI love too, and there’s a new feature called iMovie Theater, which syncs all of your videos via iCloud… Read More


Apple unveils new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros, drops price tags

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Apple continues to run through its iPad keynote, and now that Craig Federighi has announced that OS X Mavericks is going to be available as a free update, Phil Schiller has taken the stage to talk about the hardware that’ll run it.

Two new MacBook Pros have been introduced thus far, a 13-inch and a 15-inch. Both of them have been updated with Intel processing chips to increase performance and battery life, and both have received $200 price reductions… Read More


Tim Cook announces 64% of iOS devices are now on iOS 7, other stats

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Apple’s highly anticipated iPad event is now underway, as Tim Cook has taken the stage to get things started. That means we are just moments away from seeing the new iPad, iPad mini, and other goodies.

Like clockwork, Cook has kicked things off this morning with the usual barrage of company milestones, sales figures and other important stats. We’ve collected the most interesting stuff for you after the fold… Read More


iDB is ready for Apple’s iPad event tomorrow, are you?

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2013

After forgoing its usual spring iPad keynote this year, it appears Apple is set to unveil new versions of its tablet tomorrow at a media event in San Francisco. We’re expecting to see refreshed iPads, iPad minis, MacBooks, software and more.

Though Apple is reportedly streaming the event for its employees, and hosting a live feed for journalists, we have yet to hear anything about a public live stream. But never fear, iDB will be here all day providing coverage and commentary… Read More


Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo posts last-minute iPad event predictions

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2013

Typically, when you see the words ‘analyst’ and ‘predictions’ in the same sentence on a tech site, you get a free pass to roll your eyes. Let’s face it, the credibility for the majority of analysts is pretty low, thanks to crazy predictions like the iRing.

But there’s one man who seemingly stands out among the crowd: Ming-Chi Kuo. The KGI Securities analyst is right more often than not, so when he speaks, people listen. And he just seeded some last-minute forecasts for this week’s iPad eventRead More


What to expect from Apple’s iPad event

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2013

Last week, Apple sent out media invitations for an event set to take place on Tuesday, October 22 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California. It’s believed that the event will focus on new iPads, but OS X Mavericks and new Macs are also expected to get some on-stage time.

On the iPad front, we’re anticipating a new 9.7-inch model with a redesigned shell, an A7 processor and other upgraded internals. And as for the iPad mini, it sounds like Apple’s tiny tablet is finally going to be getting that high resolution Retina display everyone has been asking for.

What else? Keep reading for our full rundown of what to expect from this week’s event… Read More


Apple to host satellite stream of October 22 event in London

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2013

Earlier today, Apple sent out invitations to an October 22 media event saying “we still have a lot to cover.” It’s believed it will focus on the new iPad and iPad mini, but new MacBooks and OS X Mavericks are also expected to get stage time.

The event itself will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. But according to a new report, Apple plans to stream the keynote to a separate London satellite event to cater to media members not located in the US… Read More


Nike unveils more colorful, durable FuelBand SE

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2013

Nike held a big, athlete-filled media event in New York City this morning to announce its long-awaited second generation FuelBand fitness device: the Nike+ FuelBand SE.

The new Band looks virtually identical to its predecessor, except for the addition of some new color accents, but on the inside there has been a number of improvements… Read More


Apple posts new iTunes Festival video ‘Moments’

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2013

There’s only a few days left in the month, and that means that Apple’s iTunes Festival is winding down. In fact, the show will come to a close on Monday, September 30 with a performance from Katy Perry.

To commemorate the event, Apple has tonight posted a short video to its YouTube channel entitled ‘Moments,’ which highlights a few of the 60 acts that took the stage in London over the past 30 days… Read More

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